The RCMP say the driver and a passenger on a motorcycle that crashed on Vancouver Island are dead.

A news release says the crash happened Saturday afternoon in Nanaimo.

The motorcycle was driving alongside a pickup truck, driven by a 17-year-old man, when the teen started to change lanes towards the bike.

The Mounties say the truck corrected and didn't end up changing lanes, although the 51-year-old motorcycle driver pulled up beside the pickup and glared at the teen inside.

The news release says during this exchange, the motorcycle driver didn't notice a curve in the road and crashed.

The motorcycle driver and his 40-year-old female passenger, who were both from Nanaimo and wearing beanie-style helmets, died later in hospital.